The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/3 – 1.5 in. 5/4 – 0.2. It’s been showery off and on, and there were some interesting wind gusts, earlier. 51F, wind at 1-12mph and gusting, AQI 15-39, UV7. Chance of rain 95% today and 96% tonight. Forecast – Today(56/46) Rain, most of an inch! Tomorrow(50/40) light rain. Sun(48/40) Rain 0.4 inches. Mon(50/41) Showers. Tue(53/40) partly cloudy. Wed(53/44) mostly cloudy. Thu/Fri(53/44)a good chance of showers. Sat(57/47) mostly cloudy.
Monday evening Tempus made a casserole for supper of some things that needed to get used up. It was pretty tasty. I worked on labeling bottles of supplies, since I brought the labeler home. …and then the worst of the back problems hit…. most of a week and then it gets nasty… and it did…. I don’t really remember a lot of Tuesday or even Wednesday, which is a good thing. I tried to read a lot and watched the sky a lot and chanted. By Wednesday evening it was starting to back down again and I was able to do a little more, but I still don’t dare lift much or stand for long.
The weather would have been beautiful for Herbs in the Garden, but I was worried about getting down the steps. Tempus did some small chores and I did what I could, but that wasn’t much. I’ve even only managed to put about 20 stitches in my embroidery. I can’t control the needle all that well. No, I’ll get better. I’ve done this before and it’s following right along the usual timeline. Unless I do something stupid it’ll get better from here, no problem. Tempus made air fryer potatoes and we tried using the cheese powder on them. Didn’t add much to the flavor.
For some reason the internet wasn’t really working at home for most of our weekend. Worse, I had tried downloading some stuff that didn’t take, so I had be holes in a couple of series that I’ve been reading through and the one game wouldn’t download at all until Thursday morning!
Yesterday, Tempus got in around 9am. At about 11:50 I woke when the whole house shook. My eyes popped open and heard the vent rattling in the bathroom. I got up and managed to get it shut, so it wouldn’t break, but the wind howled and then blew all the doors open! Not the locked door to the outside, but everything else, even including one of the cupboards! I was right about having trouble getting down the steps, but I made it. I even managed to get a few pictures of some of the plants, mostly the strange onions.
Once we were at the shop I checked and Alsea Highlands and the Newport airport were registering over 30mph winds! We got things open and started in. I wasn’t quite done with the messages when Stella stopped in. We had plans to get some measurements and managed it despite my stupid back. She’s thinking to order from E-Shakti, because she loves the dresses that I got from them.
After that was done I got back to work and managed to get the Thursday newsletter out. I took a few minutes to set up some announcements and other newsletter blanks, then started here. By 4pm Tempus was heading out to do the laundry. The wind had calmed down, some, and was registering 10mph, tops. Interesting while it lasted!
Bulk route night, so Tempus takes off early and usually manages to get a little shopping done. I’m hoping I can do better than just creeping from bed to chair and back, maybe get a little sewing time in, but I just finished downloading the books I was missing, so maybe not! 🙂
Today we should be open at 1pm. I’m hoping to get Tempus to help with some of the book inventory, but he also has bills to do. Maybe that won’t take too long. I didn’t say, but I did finally finish with the new batch of earrings. Those are on the $5 rack and there are both buttons and dangles!
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt scrubbed into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would not take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea. According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied to rocks and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work! A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm A tiny bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve
Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at email@example.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/15 at 9:15pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/8 at 5:21pm.
The Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks this morning under dark, moonless skies, as the waxing crescent Moon sets before 1 A.M. local time for most locations. The shower’s radiant, which sits near Sadachbia (Gamma Aquarii), rises in the east around 2:30 A.M. local time. An hour and a half later, it is some 17° above the horizon — still a bit low, but high enough that you’re still likely to catch several shower meteors streaking away from this point and across the sky. The shower’s expected maximum zenithal hourly rate is some 50 meteors per hour. Unfortunately, the radiant’s low altitude and the encroaching twilight will somewhat attenuate this rate, but early risers will still be rewarded with some additional five to 10 meteors per hour above the sporadic background rate before dawn. These particular meteors are born from debris left by the famous Halley’s Comet when it swings through the inner solar system every 75 to 76 years. They streak through our atmosphere at some 40 miles (64 km) per second. The Eta Aquariids may peak this morning, but the shower will last for three more weeks (until May 28), so it’s worth continuing your search for shower meteors throughout much of the month.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus high in the southeast, Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella in the northwest. They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years from us, respectively.
Mars and Saturn glimmer well to the upper right of Jupiter and Venus. They’re vastly fainter, identical now at magnitude +0.9. Mars, however, is more orange than Saturn, which is pale yellow. Each morning they’re a little farther from the Venus-Jupiter pair and from each other. The whole line of four is 33° long on April 30th and lengthens to 41° by May 7th.
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Pink
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 6 High 3:49 AM 6.8 6:00 AM Set 1:30 AM 20
~ 6 Low 11:14 AM 0.2 8:27 PM Rise 9:55 AM
~ 6 High 6:11 PM 5.5
~ 6 Low 11:05 PM 3.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All of my friends understand my needs.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – An old nursery rhyme begins, “Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.” Write a conversation you would like to have with an animal.
~ Diffusing ignorance diffuses hatred. – Jeff Mann
~ Enlightenment is a decision that now you are not interested in creating problems, that’s all. – Meditation = Solution
~ No one is better than you, but you are no better than anyone else until you do something to prove it. – The mother of American statesman Bernard Baruch
~ All I’m trying to do is not join my ancestral spirits just yet. – Joshua Nkomo
Hebe’s here, May is here!
The air is fresh and sunny;
And the miser-bees are busy
Hoarding golden honey! –Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
Magick – 7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Ganesh By Matt Caron
Of course most of us have all heard of Ganesh, but there may be a few facts you didn’t know about our favorite chubby little deity.
Yes, now of course we all know that Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, everybody and their yoga teacher knows that! But lets cover ground in some of those other little known secrets about Ganesh, so you have something to woo the crowd with at your next yoga party.
1. Family Drama – Ganesh is the son of Shiva the Destroyer and Parvati. A lot of family pressure, right? He also has an older brother Kartikeya, god of war and victory, which doesn’t make anything easier for our gentle remover of obstacles.
2. Birth – Parvati, Ganesh’s mother, was hanging out at her and Shiva’s mountain home one day when she tried to go visit her husband only to be blocked by Shiva’s head attendant, Nandi. Apparently, Shiva was in one of his deep meditations again and wanted for no reason to be disturbed. Parvati, as you can imagine, was deeply hurt and felt very lonely being ignored by her husband. She made the decision to have someone who would be there anytime she needed and would only respond to her. So, right then and there she collected some clay from the ground and molded the most handsome young man she could image, the next moment she breathed life into him and lo and behold, handsome Ganesh was born.
3. Elephant Head – We take it all for granted that Ganesh has always had an elephant head, but it wasn’t always that way! Oh no, Ganesh was quite a looker in his early years. So much so that he was extremely arrogant of his looks. Soon after his creation Parvati requested Ganesh to guard her side of the mountain while she bathed. As she was away, Shiva came out of his deep meditation and, as any good husband would, went to go visit his wife unaware of the newly created Ganesh. Suddenly he was confronted by a handsome young man telling him he couldn’t see his wife….. you can imagine how furious Shiva was. There was a quick battle and in the process Shiva beheaded Ganesh.
After learning who he really was, Shiva decided to bring him back to life and told his entourage to bring the head of the first sleeping being they found with it’s head facing towards the North. Well, the first thing they found was an elephant, so Shiva attached the elephant head to Ganesh’s body, then proceeding to save Ganesh from his pride over his body, he increased his weight to make him the chubby deity we know and love today.
4. The Broken Tusk – We have all seen it, but it may have not struck you why our elephant-headed friend has a broken tusk. One day, as Ganesh was guarding his father who was in one of his deep meditations, a family friend came to visit. It was Parashurama an incarnation of Vishnu who is known for his serious temper. Ganesh was a little perplexed because he was told to not let anyone disturb his father in meditation, however here was a serious VIP in the house. Unable to disobey a direct order from his father he blocked Parashurama’s way, and as a result Parashurama lost his temper and threw an axe at Ganesh. Ganesh knowing that the axe was a gift from his father allowed the axe to hit him out of respect.
The result: a broken tusk!
5. Popularity – You might wonder why Ganesh is truly one of the most popular hindu gods while there are many other of the same status or position that are far less well known. Well, that isn’t because of good marketing! Ganesh was actually the recipient of a boon (a wish) from another god. The boon granted him to be more revered and worshiped than even his father, and he would be the first god to be acknowledged when entering a temple. Modern day translation: most shared and posted god on all of Facebook!
6. That Sweet Ride – Now, most people may not know this, but almost every Hindu god has a vehicle or trusty steed. If that is the case, then what is Ganesh’s vehicle? Well, have you ever noticed that tiny mouse that always seems to be in the pictures with Ganesh. Yup, that’s his trusty steed! But, what Ganesh lacks in physical power he certainly makes up for in brains. During a bet, Ganesh and his brother Kartikeya challenged each other to see who could go around the world 3 times the fastest. As Kartikeya jumped onto his huge bird of a vehicle and flew at records speeds to get around the world and win the challenge, Ganesh was left on the ground. Nobody had ever given him a vehicle to ride, so he quickly asked his father for some form of a vehicle to ride upon, to which Shiva gave a tiny mouse.
Ganesh, knowing this mouse could never carry him started brainstorming. An idea came to him and he went up to his parents, walked around them 3 times and announced he had won the challenge, because parents are the highest respected members of any family they are respected as symbolic of the world. Shiva was pleased that he won his challenge, and forever after he was revered for his incredible intellect.
7. Writers Block – Our last fun fact is about Ganesh’s writing ability. He was actually the scribe who hand-wrote the entire Mahabharata poem. The great sage Vyāsa requested Ganesh to write the poem as he dictated, knowing this would be a huge project Ganesh agreed on one condition, Vyasa must recite the entire poem un-interrupted, without pausing or taking a break. The great Vyāsa agreed to this request however found a loop-hole to give himself a break, he would give Ganesh incredibly difficult complex passages so Ganesh would be forced to ask questions giving the tricky Vyāsa the time to rest when needed.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – sirlines (SIR lines) – n. The lines on a grilled steak.